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Georgian women give birth to boys. Is it to war?2011-11-22 11:55
Georgia was among the countries that have caused concerns of PACE due to an imbalance between boys and girls. Male babies there, as in China, India, Azerbaijan, Armenia and Albania, are being born nearly a third more than the female babies. The folk wisdom says that it is to the war. But the demographers say it's all about selective abortion and the cult of the boy-heir. In Georgia, this could lead to depopulation of the dominant nation. On a global scale, due to imbalance of the sexes, the bachelors' aggressiveness and frequent cases of trafficking women increase.
Georgia, thanks to diverse tastes of its eccentric president, has not yet found its place in the world. It declares itself a European country, the new Dubai, the future Singapore. But on some indicators it is on the same stage of development that India and China are. In the Georgian families, it turns out, women are intimidated by their husbands and have an abortion, if they conceive girls.
According to official statistics, in 2008, there was born on 31 200 boys and 24 400 girls, or 127 to 100. Even a year ago the ratio of boys and girls was 25 500 to 23 thousands. This was an anomaly too, but not as alarming as 52.6 percent to 47.4.
A superstitious reader will say that the nature itself has restored the demographic loss - after the hostilities in South Ossetia. However, at the beginning of two thousandth's, when this imbalance became take shape, Tbilisi and Paris researchers Irina Badurashvili, France Melle and Jacques Vallin determined the cause of the triumph of the male sex. The abortions were to blame. According to official statistics, there were a little of them. But demographers have taken other data as a basis - from fertility surveys.
It was found that mini-abortions are less popular among parous women than the termination of pregnancy at a later date when we can determine the sex of the child. In addition, abortion is most often practiced before the birth of a boy in the family, which already has one or two girls. All of this back in 2003 allowed the study's authors to summarize that in Georgia (and Armenia as well) "abortion has acquired a new function, and became, among other things, a mean of regulating the sex ratio of children per family".